Nevada Continues Aviation Industry Growth, Two More Companies Expand

An aviation tax abatement program passed during the 2015 legislative session continues to pay dividends for the economy of Southern Nevada.

Grand Canyon Airlines Inc. and sister company Papillon Airways Inc. have planned expansions in Clark County, Nevada and will together create a dozen jobs over the next 12 months.

“We work closely with the LVGEA to market Southern Nevada as the gateway to the Grand Canyon,” said Jake Tomlin, president, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. “The LVGEA was a strong advocate of the aviation incentive programs passed during the last legislative session. We look forward to building on our strong relationships with local partners in economic development.”

“With the approval of these abatements, both companies will help bolster the emerging aviation industry in Boulder City,” said Morgan Bunker, Vice President of Community and Economic Development for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. “I look forward to seeing the growth of these businesses as they continue to invest in our region.”

Grand Canyon Airlines Inc., a sightseeing tour and scheduled passenger service operator, plans to hire four new employees and invest about $600,000 in the next 20 years.

Papillon Airways, Inc., the first helicopter sightseeing company in the world, will make a capital investment of just over $50,00 in equipment purchases in the first two years and $550,000 over the next 20 years. The company will also hire eight full-time employees in the first 12 months and 17 over a 20 year period.

The LVGEA assisted both Grand Canyon Airlines Inc. and Papillion Airways Inc. in accessing state incentive programs.

See other recent business relocations and expansions here.

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